Upland police: Man charged after allegedly brandishing assault rifle in confrontation with protesters

UPLAND, Calif. -- A man has been charged following an incident in Upland where he was seen brandishing an apparent assault rifle at a group of marchers protesting the death of George Floyd, authorities said Wednesday.

The confrontation, which was captured on video by at least one bystander, occurred Monday afternoon in front of a home. The crowd of demonstrators was marching in the street at the time.

Jacob Bracken, 39, was charged with two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, police said.

He allegedly took the firearm out of the cab of a pickup truck and pointed it at the protesters. Upland police officers responded to the scene and the Rancho Cucamonga resident was arrested within minutes, officials said.

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No protesters were arrested in connection with the incident, police said. No injuries were reported.

The demonstration, comprised mostly of high school students and young adults, began peacefully about 3 p.m. near the intersection of Euclid Avenue and Foothill Boulevard.

According to investigators, tensions began to rise when a group with opposing views began bantering with the marchers from across the street. The protesters then crossed the street and made their way toward the counter-protesters.

After Bracken allegedly brandished the firearm and was arrested, the officers escorted him out of his house through a rear door, keeping him out of sight in order to avoid another melee, authorities said.

Officers began giving dispersal orders at 6 p.m., when a local curfew went into effect. Most of the crowd departed the scene, but between 50 and 60 remained and began throwing rocks and water bottle police said.

Officers deployed less-lethal measures, including pepper balls, and the stragglers dispersed, according to authorities.
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